At the headquarters of the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD; Macquarie Park NSW), Saturday, 27 October 2018, was held the conference What Now? Responding to the Findings of the Royal Commission. The conference was organised by SCD’s Dean, Professor Diane Speed, on behalf of the New South Wales Ecumenical Council’s Theological Reflection Commission (TRC). The convenors of TRC are Professor Diane Speed and Protopresbyter Dr Doru Costache
The conference marked the recent release of the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the moving national apology which Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered to the victims of child abuse on Monday, 22 October 2018.
Keynote: Mr Garth Blake AM SC, Implications of the Royal Commission for the Education and Formation of Church Leaders
In tune with the national apology, the opening prayer of the conference, written and led by Protopresbyter Dr Doru Costache, emphasised the need for repentance and healing. Here is the text:
Audio recording of the prayer and the ex tempore reflection